The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
On Halloween night, put a bucket of sand or a broom
outside your door. If a soul comes by and wants to
harm you, it will have to count every grain of sand
or broom bristle first. By the time that the spirit
has done this, it would be daytime and it would have
to go back where it came from.
This story was told to Maryann by her Italian father,
who heard it from his grandfather.
Keyword(s): ghost, precaution, All Souls' Day
|Subject headings:||CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween|
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Good luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Control Prevention Provocation Protection
Date learned: 00001930S